People have described me in various ways:
An architect of ideas;
A graphic developmentologist;
The love child of Batman and the Cat in the Hat.
As I’ve moved through life I’ve created roles and responsibilities for myself in constantly evolving ways. After earning a design degree from NCSU and a license to practice architecture, I moved into practice management, first in the private sector and then as University Architect at ECU. I eventually moved beyond the confines of bricks and mortar and into the more complex planning and policy-making that precede ideas for construction. Those challenges opened the doors to visual thinking, group process and human development.
As the saying goes about a bellows, the shape changes but not the form. Among the traits that have endured and continue to mature are confidence that there’s always an alternate perspective; an impatience with deficit thinking; an appetite for possibilities; an appreciation of the bottomless capacity of humans to be creative. And, more and more, I’m enthralled by the light in someone’s eyes when they generate their own discoveries and insights.
If you want one year of prosperity, grow seeds; if you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees; if you want a lifetime of prosperity, grow people. - a Chinese Proverb
Groups I have been very luck to work with include:
- The Center for Creative Leadership
- Cisco Systems, Inc.
- College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University
- Triangle J Council of Governments
- Centralina Council of Governments
- The Creative Education Foundation
- The National Association for College and University Food Service
- The University of Scranton
- Purdue University at Calumet
- Girl Scouts USA
- The Clearing, Inc.
- Partners in Performance
- Crowe Howarth LLC